Community Message

Dear students, staff, families and community, 

Red Ribbon Week brought fun and excitement to our campuses, while also bringing our students and faculty closer together. Connecting with one another is one of the greatest protective factors for students, and it was wonderful to see so much connection occurring at all grade levels. Thank you to our Drug Free Communities Grant Coordinator Kari Holley for her work on this. 


Did you know we have a cooperative agreement for students to participate in swim? Right now we have 2 seniors, Sylvie Lausier and Jade Shields, and 2 freshman, Eden Shields and Hailey Ferrell competing. Their head coach is Julia Landon. The championship season kicks off today at the Arne Hanna pool in Bellingham where Jade and Eden will be competing. 

The District Championship event will be in Anacortes at the Fidalgo Pool on Nov 4th & 5th. The whole team achieved qualifying times for their free and medley relays. Sylvie and Hailey will also have individual events. Sylvie will be swimming the 200 IM and 100 Fly. Hailey will swim the 50 and 500 free. 

Hailey has qualified for the State Tournament on Nov 11th (prelims) & 12th (finals) in Federal Way at the King County Aquatic Center in the 50 and 500 freestyle events. State will be broadcast live. Information about the meet can be found at


Conferences for students grades K-8 are happening Nov 7th-10th, with early release for our K-8 students on those days. Watch for communications from your student’s school on how to sign up for conferences. 


We have partnered with Blaine Police Department to provide some training space within our facilities outside of school hours. We’re letting you know, because we don’t want you to be concerned if you see police cars on campus in the evenings or on the weekends. 


One of the events I enjoy the most is hosting Supper with the Superintendent. At times, parents, students or community members come to a school board meeting expecting to be able to engage in conversation or have their questions answered and leave disappointed. Board meetings are public meetings for conducting business of the district, but they are not meetings of the public. People have the opportunity to address the board, but not engage in conversation. My intent behind Supper with the Superintendent is to provide people the opportunity to ask their questions, get answers and have meaningful dialogue. Our next Supper will be Wednesday, November 2nd at Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce at 6 P.M., and I hope you will join me. 


As the weather begins to change, it seems time to talk about the impact that may have on school operations. We will not be moving to remote learning days as a result of weather related school closures as we did during COVID. We will be making decisions related to weather from the perspective of a late start or school closure, with closures being made up with additional days at the end of the school year. We always aim to make these decisions as early as possible and will communicate with you through our social media accounts, website, Blaine SD app,  phone and email systems. This is a good time for you to check your contact information in Skyward to make sure it is up to date. 


Tuesday, November 1st @ 7 P.M. - High School Fall Concert
Wednesday, November 2nd - Supper with the Superintendent
Thursday, November 3rd @ 7 P.M. - Middle School Fall Concert
Friday, November 4th - Non Student Day, No School K-12
November 7th - 10th - K-8 Conferences and K-8 Early Release
Friday, November 11th - Veterans Day, No School K-12

It’s a great night to be a Borderite, and as always, a great night to be your superintendent. 


Dr. Christopher Granger
Each Student. Each Day.